Victoria Restarts Hotel Quarantine Program

Thursday, April 8th, 2021
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Victoria’s revamped hotel quarantine program has restarted, as international flights return to Melbourne.

Only staff who have had at least their first vaccination will be allowed to work in the hotels, and they’ll each have their own QR code to assist contact tracers.

Changes to ventilation have also assured air will be sucked in the room, rather than pushed out, to prevent contamination across halls.

Air flow has been blamed for an outbreak at a quarantine hotel earlier this year.

It’s the state’s third attempt at getting its hotel quarantine program right.

Authorities have assured the revamped system is “as safe as possible” after two outbreaks in quarantine hotels in January shut down the program and Victoria closed its international borders.

Victoria’s Acting Police Minister Danny Pearson says they are now ready.

“We’ve tested, we’ve trained, and we’re ready to go. We’re ready to welcome 106 new arrivals,” said Mr Pearson.

A Sri Lankan Airlines flight has already touched down this morning from Colombo – it’s one of five international flights arriving at Melbourne Airport today.


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